Paul Sait

  • Playing Career

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Thursday, 4th September, 1947
Died
Thursday, 23rd November, 2023 (Aged 76 years and 80 days)
Place Of Birth
Matraville, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Uncle
Bob Sait

Biography

Ferocious competitor first played in the centres with Souths because Ron Coote held Sait's preferred lock position. In 1969 Sait was chosen as a reserve for NSW but was relegated to reserve grade in the following club match because of the depth of talent in the Souths club (there were no ‘fresh’ reserves in that era with players having had to have played a lower grade match before sitting on the first grade bench). Sait was also a reserve in Souths' grand final loss to Balmain that year but was a centre in the club's 23-12 win over Manly in the 1970 premiership decider. A valuable utility player although dogged by injuries, he gained selection in Australia's World Cup team in 1970 (under Ron Coote’s leadership). A centre in Souths' last grand final win, the 16-10 win over St George in 1971, the departure of Ron Coote for Easts saw Sait take over the lock role in 1972. Sait made his Test debut in the shock 24-3 loss to NZ at Carlaw Park in 1971 and went to France for the 1972 World Cup the following year. A member of the 1973 Kangaroos Sait played in all three Tests against Great Britain (as a second rower) and in one Test against France. His final Test series was in defence of the Ashes against Great Britain in 1974 but he continued to captain the Rabbitohs in the years after the club’s last great ‘golden era’ before retiring in 1978. Sait later coached in the Wollongong competition and with Souths' lower grades.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

To view a list of corresponding matches, click on the List button.

Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Craven Mild Cup 34 4 -   - 12 24 9 1 70.59% List
NRL 165 29 -   - 87 101 62 2 61.21% List
NRL Finals 8 - -   - - 4 4 0 50.00% List
Interstate Matches 6 2 -   - 6 4 0 2 66.67% List
Tour Matches Sydney Colts 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
World Cup 9 2 -   - 6 6 3 0 66.67% List
City vs Country Firsts 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Australia 14 2 -   - 6 9 5 0 64.29% List
The Ashes 5 - -   - - 3 2 0 60.00% List
Test Series 6 - -   - - 4 2 0 66.67% List
National Panasonic Cup 5 2 -   - 6 2 3 0 40.00% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1970-75 16 2 -   - 6 10 6 0 62.50% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1970, 1972, 1975 9 2 -   - 6 6 3 0 66.67% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1969-71, 1974 6 2 -   - 6 4 0 2 66.67% List
Sydney Colts 1970 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1970 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1971-72, 1975 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall1969-1975 11 2 0   0 6 7 2 2 63.64% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1968 11 5 -   - 15 8 3 0 72.73% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1969 10 2 -   - 6 6 4 0 60.00% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1970 24 8 -   - 24 19 4 1 79.17% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1971 16 3 -   - 9 14 2 0 87.50% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1972 19 6 -   - 18 13 6 0 68.42% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1973 17 2 -   - 6 7 9 1 41.18% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1974 18 - -   - - 11 7 0 61.11% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1975 14 1 -   - 3 5 9 0 35.71% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1976 12 1 -   - 3 5 7 0 41.67% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1977 8 - -   - - 3 5 0 37.50% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1978 16 1 -   - 3 10 6 0 62.50% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1968-78 165 29 -   - 87 101 62 2 61.21% List

Your Say

  • Poppy
    16/09/2011

    Still A great bloke!

  • steve price
    26/05/2014

    Paul Sait was one of the few players that played all over Bob Fulton in the 1970 grand final win he only played the first half but was the best player on the field.

  • Anonymous
    20/11/2017

    I went to school with Paul at Matraville Public.

    A very underrated player and in my opinion he was better than McCarthy and Coote because of his versatility.

    He older brother Mick was also a great footballer who should have gone on to play grade with Souths had he applied himself as much as Paul.

  • Want to have your say about this player? Add a comment.

Contributions: Andrew Ferguson, Greg Fiveash, Shawn Dollin, Paul Carter, Rugby League Tables, Alan Katzmann, Max Turner, Bill Bates, AJ Lucantonio